BMX ace Hutchinson is on course for national glory

Ryan Hutchinson
Ryan Hutchinson

Thurlby ace Ryan Hutchinson is leading the British BMX Series at the halfway stage.

The 15-year-old rode superbly in rounds four and five at Preston to maintain his excellent start to the year.

Despite adverse weather conditions, Hutchinson remained unfazed as he belied his relative inexperience to record a victory and a second place in the two finals.

The teenager, who races for Braintree Bullets BMX Club due to a lack of riders of his age at nearest club Peterborough, is in only his second full season of national racing and is already a member of British Cycling’s Olympic Talent Team.

And he showed just why as he secured his second national win with an excellent display on the opening day in Preston.

Competing against older riders in the 16-year-olds category, he rode a brilliant first straight and was determined to make the first corner his.

Despite banging elbows with some of his rivals, he remained composed to take the win and he went agonisingly close to compleing a double 24 hours later.

He again made the A final and seemed on course for another victory as he led going into the final corner.

However, he collided with a fellow rider and was forced off the track, but he managed to rejoin the race to take a well deserved second position.

That second place leaves him narrowly ahead in the British BMX Series going into rounds six and seven at Derby.

Following that meeting, Hutchinson travelled to Manchester for a two-day Olympic Talent Team training camp which involved gate practice, manuals and other core skills.

Hutchinson, who gets valuable support from Sports Aid, then competed in round five of the BMX East Series at Peterborough.

He lined up in the 17-and-over Superclass category, finishing third in the A final.